Archive | October 2017

Massive Makeup Declutter

#Random Over the past few months I’ve given away 35 lbs of makeup and 17 lbs of nail polish.  My polish collection was cut down tremendously but my makeup collection doesn’t look like it has been touched.  ūüėē However, after Christmas I’ve set a goal to be back down to one drawer stand instead of 2.  Either way, Kevin is surprised because I passed it on WITHOUT replenishing, which has NEVER happened in our 9 years and 363 days of marriage. Like, NEVER, ever, ever!

This massive declutter came about after realizing that I wasn’t enjoying makeup anymore. I only do a full face on the weekends so for 2 days a week, I don’t need all of that stuff.  I also decided that I wasn’t going to buy anymore unless it was a necessity. I had a horrible habit of  overbuying what I like and I needed to be set free. Self-control, come through ASAP!!!

Said all that to say, never underestimate the power of the purge.  This year I went into EXTREME mode with the household declutter but, I’m so glad I did it.  Only a few more things to sort through and I will be done.  The energy  (don’t let the word scare you, I’m still saved) in our house feels so much better!  I feel so much better and not obligated to consume every new thing that comes on the market.  Again, I have self-control!

This month my feature on the Homeschooling With Heart blog speaks on our homeschool purge and I hope it also encourages you.  You can also read more about my household declutter process via this previous blog post.

So, let me slide this “no buy” in as an early anniversary gift for my husband.  So, I WILL NOT PURCHASE another beauty product until I RUN COMPLETELY OUT of what I currently have.  I plan on going forth with this no buy from November 1, 2017 until June 2018.  During this time, my goal is to REMOVE THE EXCESS so I can effectively and efficiently use what I already have.  

I implore every reader to declutter before the end of the year.  Go through your life and declutter toxic or unnecessary relationships, bad habits, and negative thoughts while you conquer the closets.  Allow God to guide you through a true cleaning session and I promise you will not regret it. Remember, your home is a living space, not a storage space.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K 


Instrument Petting Zoo (October Wrap-up)

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Recently our local library hosted an Instrument Petting Zoo, hosted by a local university.  It was so much!   Bear and I went together and he enjoyed trying out the various instruments to see which one he was interested in.  I want him to play brass because his mother was a phenomenal baritone player but my husband is pulling for percussion.  This is one of the few things in marriage where we find ourselves on opposing sides.  May the favorite instrument win!

I was able to gather up a few photos and video snippets of Bear trying the instruments which can be seen via our recent YouTube video.


Now, let’s get into the phenomenal things we accomplished during the month of October!

October wrap up

  1. Bear put together a cool, digital potato clock **see video here**
  2. Preschoolers enjoyed crating fall collages
  3. Fun field trip to a local Log Cabin Village **see pictures here**
  4. Our family welcomed a new dog, named Kobe, which we adopted from the local animal shelter.¬† He’d been there several months and we are so glad to have him in our home.
  5. My wonderful husband bought a black dry erase board and installed it into our homeschool room.  **see video here**
  6. We studied¬†countries in Europe¬†and Africa as we are finishing up My Father’s World Countries and Cultures
  7. Bam Bam helped me with a product review and giveaway video
  8. We found some great books from the local Five Below store and website.  I even found a calligraphy book to practice in and a cool paper air planes book with uniquely designed paper for each plane.
  9. I read several homeschooling books and devotionals that were so encouraging.
  10. We cleaned and reorganized the homeschool room!  It looks so great in there now and we are enjoying it again.

Be sure to check back to the blog weekly and make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel to see what Team KEMP Academy may have going on there.  You can also see a few weekly photographs from our daily homeschooling experience on our Instagram, @teamkempacademy.

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We hope your October was awesome and we look forward to the season of thankfulness approaching in November.

Happy Homeschooling,

Ta’Neisha K.


My First Planner Meet-up

I was so excited to attend my first planner meet-up here in the Lone Star State!  I was able to meet some awesome women, learned so much about my new hobby, and even won some amazing goodies. I found out about this event by clicking a hahtag on Instagram, which I usually don’t do.  It landed me on the DFW Planner Addicts page and from there I joined the Facebook group, and started joining in on the fun conversations.  I love this group because the ladies share more than planner photos, they share coupons, life stories, and even encouragement.

You can watch my meet-up experience via this recent video.

I am so grateful for the time I had there and I hope you enjoyed a peek into my swag bag along with some amazing photographs from the event.  If you are a part of an great planner group on Facebook or follow an awesome planner via Instagram please comment and let me know.

You can also check out a recent flip through of my October planner spreads in this recent YouTube video.


Be sure to check out the Dallas/Fort Worth Planner Addicts Facebook Group and the DFW.PlannerAddict Instagram

    Keep organization alive,

    Ta’Neisha K.

    And the Winner is…

    Another big THANK YOU to The Pencil Grip Inc. for sponsoring this giveaway!  Be sure to check out their website and social media for all the awesome products they offer.

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    If you didn’t win, please don’t fret because I am hosting another giveaway for this company VERY SOON. (hint hint)

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    The winner has already been contacted, replied, and had the information sent to the company.

    Make this week grand,

    Ta’Neisha K.


    The Lord’s Prayer Curriculum with Kid Niche Christian Books

    Today‚Äôs review features a look into the bible and prayer curriculum Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books.  This program is designed to walk upper elementary students through The Lord‚Äôs Prayer with various activities, thought provoking questions, and correlating scripture.

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    The complete Weave Your Word in Me curriculum uses My Whole Self Before YOU, which is rhythmical prayer modeled after The Lord‚Äôs Prayer, as the basis for each lesson.  Part 1 includes thirty-six lessons which focus on God as our Heavenly Father, importance of prayer, Jesus Christ, Christ‚Äôs ministry on earth, the resurrection, salvation, and Christ‚Äôs return.  The lessons come packaged perfectly and pre-punched for a three-ring binder which makes storage extremely easy.  Each lesson includes various scriptures that reiterate the focus and give the student opportunity to breakdown the verses for clearer understanding.  Throughout the workbook the verses are clearly marked for the translation used and the answer key features responses for:

    • English Standard Version (ESV)
    • King James Version (KJV)
    • New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)
    • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    • New International Version (NIV)
    • New King James Version (NKJV)

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    During our review period we used this curriculum three times a week and depending on their length, some lessons were spread over two days.  I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Bear and listening to his responses which led to some great conversations over breakfast.  The provided comprehension questions were great for verifying his understanding of the verses, especially because we use the King James Version.  I also enjoyed how each lesson ended with a prayer outline giving your child the chance to expand their prayer language and ability to have a specific focus for each prayer.  Kid Niche Christian Books also provides additional activities for each lesson as FREEBIES on their website.  The activities within this workbook and on the website include:

    • Cartoons
    • Charts
    • Definitions
    • Drawing
    • Fill in the Blank
    • Matching
    • Sequence
    • True and False
    • Videos
    • Music
    • Art
    • Puzzles
    • Games
    • Poetry

    The only concerns I had in using this curriculum was some of the artwork illustrations used throughout, though quite popular, aren‚Äôt actually in support of Christianity.  Any images we deemed inappropriate were explained to our son before we moved on.  In addition, we opted not to use the My Whole Self Before YOU prayer since Bear had already memorized the KJV of The Lord‚Äôs Prayer.  The model prayer also left out a portion about forgiving others and God‚Äôs power in Heaven and Earth which can easily be explained to the audience this curriculum is geared towards.  I think the model prayer might work better for younger students and definitely isn‚Äôt needed for this particular program.  These minor issues didn’t hinder our experience in anyway but I felt they needed to be noted for this review.

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    Overall, we have enjoyed this bible and prayer curriculum from Kid Niche Christian Books and will continue using it for the remainder of our school year.  Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has been a great in-depth look at The Lord‚Äôs Prayer and I feel that the tweaks made for our household only enhanced our learning experience.  This curriculum would be a good match for homeschools, elementary Sunday School programs, and I even suggested it to the Christian after school program directors that I know.  The complete Weave your Word in Me program is currently available as a set or each part can be purchased individually.

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     You can read additional reviews on this curriculum from other homeschoolers via this hyperlink.

     Make today grand,

    Ta’Neisha K.


    My 4 Favorite Bible Reading Plans

    Recently I shared the post about Why I Love My Bible during which I shared information about why the word should be near and dear to our hearts.¬† Since writing that post my Passion for studying God’s word has been reignited and I found myself learning more and more. I am so excited to share with you a few Bible plans that I have completed recently.¬† These plans range from 3 days to 90 days and have required me to commit to reading scripture daily.¬† ¬†What initialy was a monthly goal turned into a strong desire to seek God all the more.

    Each plan can be  found via the YouVersion website or bible app which is available for all devices.  Depending on the plan length I would spend approximately 5 to 60 minutes studying daily. I also love that you can listen to the audio version of the scripture which became my favorite thing to do while cooking dinner.  You can also share your plan progress with your friends for extra accountability.

    Before we dive in, here is my recent video about why we NEED the Bible.

    Here are my recently completed favorites:

    • Bible in 90 Days¬†came at a very hard time in my life. Over the summer we were dealing with the sickness of my father-in-law and I just found myself truly sad and discouraged.¬† I decided to read the entire Bible as a reminder of the all powerful God that I serve.¬† Doing this gave me so much comfort and also provided peace to my family as we listened in the car and at home.¬† If I ever missed a day I would double or triple the next reading until I caught up.¬† I made sure that I completed this program within exactly 90 days.


    • God, Help Me Not To Mess Up My Kids!¬†The name says it all but doesn’t include that this was an awesome prayer plan.¬† I had no idea that this 5-day commitment would walk me through praying God’s word over my children and household.¬† As a busy mother sometimes we feel like we don’t have enough time to tarry before the Lord but this plan provided so much insight to a deep, thorough, effectual, feverent prayer life.
    • What To Say At A Funeral¬†came at the perfect time because when my father of all past I really did not know what to say to my husband. Yes we are firm believers and I still had no words for him other than “I’m so sorry honey.”¬† This short reading plan provide various ways we can encourage believers who have lost their love ones.¬† The author also explain things that he did not want to hear and I made sure not to say those to my husband. I really think that this plan helped me be there for my family and encourage them with the word rather than my pain filled emotions.


    • ¬†Finally,¬†Mama Needs A Do-Over¬†came at a time when I wanted to help encourage another homeschool mom. Turns out this plan helped me too!¬† Within this reading plan you will find ways to conquer, reset, and find peace in hard days.

    There are so many other plans that I could share with you but I will save those for Part 2.  Right now, download the YouVersion app if you have not already and make time to dive into the word of God.  You can set reminders for your reading plans and share them with your friends so they can see your progress or lack thereof.  Sometimes I would use the app to read the scriptures but often I find myself flipping through the pages of the physical Bible.  The app is cool but there is nothing like holding the word of God.

    You can find additional information about why we should study the word of God here.

    We NEED The Bible!!

    Make this week grand,

    Ta’Neisha K

    The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kit & Scissors Giveaway

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    Princess and Bam Bam enjoyed using  The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit we received from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  Today I am so excited to share details about these products and within this review you will also be given an opportunity to WIN BOTH ITEMS for your household.

    The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors were a perfect addition to our weekly preschool activities as we created various autumn themed art projects.  My favorite part about these scissors is the permanent plastic safety shield that contains the blades, ensuring your children do not injure themselves.  The ergonomic shape provided crisp cuts and made these scissors easy to hold for our little lefty, Bam Bam, and for our Princess who is a righty.


    In addition, the yellow training lever is a flexible spring designed to automatically open the scissors back up after they are squeezed close which helps little hands tremendously.¬† As a former preschool teacher, I often remember children getting frustrated when their scissors didn‚Äôt ‚Äúopen back up‚ÄĚ or were ‚Äústuck closed‚ÄĚ after use so the training lever would have been such a big help to me back then.¬† The training lever can also be folded in once you‚Äôre comfortable with your child‚Äôs cutting ability and are ready for them to have less restricted use. ¬†These scissors are suggested to be used for ages 3 and up but our two year old daughter used them, with supervision, and had no issues.

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    The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit includes The Crossover Grip, The Pinch Grip, and The Pencil Grip ‚Äď Graduation.¬† The Crossover Grip is best for training younger children to properly position their pencil or pen.¬† The ‚Äúsuper hero cape‚ÄĚ hovers over the fingers and definitely reinforced Bam Bam‚Äôs positioning.¬† This grip did fit a larger sized mechanical pencil and he held it comfortably without any complaints.¬† The Pinch Grip is a transition piece which replaces the larger ‚Äúsuper hero cape‚ÄĚ with a partial covering that allows for a bit more freedom.¬† This also gives the user a clear view of how they are holding the writing utensil and gives opportunity for self-correction.¬† The Pencil Grip Original ‚Äď Graduation is one that can be used for any age and provides continued support, comfort, and durability for many uses. ¬†It is also important to note that all grips are latex and phthalate free.¬† Be sure to visit the website for FREE DOWNLOADS which include information on how to use the grips, teaching tips, and a reference chart featuring correct and incorrect handwriting grip positions.

    You can see how we used these items in our homeschool via my recent video.


    Now, for the moment you‚Äôve all been reading for…

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    A big thank you to The Pencil Grip, Inc. for sponsoring this giveaway!  One winner will receive one pair of the The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and  The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.  This giveaway ends at midnight on October 24, 2017 so don’t wait to enter!


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    Be sure to check out additional reviews from other homeschoolers by clicking this hyperlink.

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    Make this week grand,

    Ta’Neisha K.